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Be safe on campus and in Bath

Find out how to stay safe at the University. (Updated 2 March 2022)

Following the lifting of Covid legal restrictions in England by the UK Government, the health and safety of all members of our community remains of the utmost importance in the University’s operations. The information below outlines how we are currently operating; we will keep this under review in relation to public health advice.

We thank all members of our community for the consideration and kindness they continue to show each other in this extraordinary period we are navigating together.

Safe spaces to work and study

We will review public health mitigations during the Semester 2 vacation period, but for the time being:

  • You are still advised to keep windows open for good ventilation wherever possible.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will remain in place.
  • Perspex screens will stay in situ where these have been installed.
  • The 2m box in the larger teaching areas will remain.
  • Enhanced cleaning within offices and general teaching areas will continue.
  • Published room occupancy limits remain the same until further notice. These limits apply to those using the room all day, but these do not prevent visits, meetings or tutorials being held in office or similar spaces.

While we don't have social distancing restrictions in place across campus, please be respectful of each other’s personal space.

Face coverings

We recommend students and staff wear face coverings in the following situations:

  • When moving around in indoor public spaces, such as corridors
  • In study spaces and the Library, including when seated
  • In retail and hospitality outlets, unless seated to eat/drink
  • For students during lectures and seminars. In order to enable effective learning, teaching staff are not expected to wear face coverings in teaching spaces, but should feel free to wear face coverings and/or visors out of personal choice

Public Health advice is that three ply face coverings are most effective. These need to be put on and taken off carefully, correctly worn and stored properly when not in use in order to be effective. Full details are available on how to wear a face covering from Gov.uk.

Central Stores still has a supply of free reusable, three-ply face coverings, as well as clear face coverings to enable communication with people who may need to lip read for purchase. You can read more about communicating with deaf colleagues and students when face masks and coverings are being worn. Departments can order face coverings for distribution to staff and students. Please contact Central Stores.

Hand hygiene

One important way we can help protect ourselves and each other is to wash our hands thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds, every time you arrive at the University or get home, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, use the toilet, or eat or handle food.

Please use the hand sanitisers at the entrances and exits to buildings.

Vaccinations

Getting fully vaccinated gives you the best protection against coronavirus (Covid-19). The University encourages all members of our student and staff community to get vaccinated and boosted, in line with World Health Organisation and UK Government.

Detailed information about Covid-19 vaccinations can be found here.

Sickness and what to do if you are ill

If you have Covid symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, follow public health advice: stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance. Please do not attend University sites during this time.

If you are a student and need support to self-isolate, please email quarantine@bath.ac.uk.

Take care of our local community

We know that our students and staff feel lucky to count Bath as their home or workplace. It is a welcoming and beautiful city and we all want to carry on playing our part to be good neighbours and citizens. Please be aware that some local residents may be vulnerable due to health conditions, they may have caring responsibilities or be working long hours as key workers.

We ask that all members of our community are mindful, patient and kind in our interactions with local residents.

In this way, we can build a community of mutual respect as good neighbours and work together to help keep one another safe.

The Student Community Partnership aims to help manage any issues which may arise related to university students living in the city of Bath. Contact the Student Community Partnership for more information.

Sources of support

There are a number of sources of support for members of our community. These can provide practical advice or support your wellbeing.

If you're a student, you can contact:

If you're a member of staff, you can: